nuclear physics

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of physics that deals with the behavior, structure, and component parts of atomic nuclei.

Origin of nuclear physics

First recorded in 1930–35

Related forms

nuclear physicist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nuclear physics

nuclear physics


(functioning as singular) the branch of physics concerned with the structure and behaviour of the nucleus and the particles of which it consists

Derived Forms

nuclear physicist, noun
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Science definitions for nuclear physics

nuclear physics

The scientific study of the structure and behavior atomic nuclei. See also neutron proton strong force.
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